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Saturday, September 22, 2012

Jayhawks’ Doc Sadler mentioned for Tech job

Doc Sadler, former Nebraska head coach, laughs next to Kansas guard Travis Releford as they watch the final minutes of the campers' basketball game against the counselors on Wednesday, June 13, 2012 at the Horejsi Center.

Doc Sadler, former Nebraska head coach, laughs next to Kansas guard Travis Releford as they watch the final minutes of the campers' basketball game against the counselors on Wednesday, June 13, 2012 at the Horejsi Center.

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Two former Texas Tech basketball assistants are being mentioned as possible replacements for Billy Gillispie, who resigned his Red Raider coaching position Thursday amid health concerns and allegations that he mistreated players.

Former UTEP and Nebraska head coach Doc Sadler, who is currently working as director of basketball operations at Kansas University, and North Texas assistant Rob Evans, former head coach at Mississippi and Arizona State, could be leading candidates, ESPN’s Andy Katz reports.

Sadler, who like KU coach Bill Self is a good friend of Gillispie’s, succeeded Gillispie at UTEP before heading to Nebraska.

“Sadler could come into a league that he knows extremely well after coaching in the Big 12 at Nebraska. He also understands West Texas as a longtime junior college coach who mined the area and had to recruit it again at UTEP,” Katz wrote on Friday at ESPN.com. ESPN.com’s Jason King and Dana O’Neil also have mentioned Sadler as a possibility at Tech.

Katz indicated that Evans could serve as interim until after the season, when current North Texas coach Tony Benford, a former Tech player, likely would be interested in pursuing the opening.

Katz also mentioned former New Mexico State coach Reggie Theus, a current assistant with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

“Theus would give the Red Raiders a name, like Sadler, and infuse energy in the program after a troubled season,” Katz wrote of Theus, who has no Texas Tech ties.

Texas Tech university spokesman Blayne Beal told the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal on Friday that Tech would like to name an interim coach within the next two weeks. Chris Walker, associate head coach under Gillispie, is now in charge of the day-to-day operations of the program.

Self and his staff have a policy of not commenting on possible interest in job vacancies.

Jackson with Jazz: Former KU forward Darnell Jackson will attend preseason training camp of the Utah Jazz. The Salt Lake Tribune reports that Jackson does not have a guaranteed contract. He played for the Sacramento Kings’ summer-league team this past July after playing in Ukraine last season.

Peters adds KU to list: Roddy Peters, a 6-4 senior point guard from Suitland High in District Heights, Md., has KU on his revised list of prospective colleges, CBSsports.com reports. Peters, who is ranked No. 39 nationally by Rivals.com, is visiting Rutgers this weekend. He is also considering Maryland, Georgetown, UCLA and Xavier, with Maryland the heavy favorite.

Comments

Ralster Jayhawk 1 year, 7 months ago

I wonder what the kid's decision points are regarding Maryland vs. KU? Turgeon vs. Self? Interesting to see...

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archercc 1 year, 7 months ago

Its a crap job but I know I would take it. Make some bank, maybe get that horrible school to mediocrity and then "retire" early on the contract to be replaced with someone else. That is about all you can do there unless you are a true miracle worker.

Doc, though, might be thinking differently. He spent enough time mired at a school that doesn't invest in the program. At least at KU he is at a school where people are aware we have a basketball team.

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wildjayhawk 1 year, 7 months ago

Sadler can't coach, I have seen him here in Nebr. and he is not a coach. That's why NU hired him in the first place, as NU doesn't know anything about basketball. He will not do any better at TT. then he did at NU. TT, move on from Sad Sack Sadler.

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TexasHawk44 1 year, 7 months ago

Coaches are wired to coach not check bus schedules. I say bestof luck to Doc if that is what he wants.

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wats211 1 year, 7 months ago

Osborne never appreciated Doc...he still should be in Lincoln..the man is a great coach....PERIOD!

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wats211 1 year, 7 months ago

i love Doc...hope he gets the tech job...as far as HEM....I love the mans posts...even though he sometimes has a tendency to not think before posting...but its great entertainment..at least for me...and i know he loves KU...and dont we all

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Mike Bratisax 1 year, 7 months ago

Good luck Darnell, you belong in the NBA.

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Konkis Dongington III 1 year, 7 months ago

So here's a bit of interesting recruiting news for us:

http://www.zagsblog.com/2012/09/22/source-harrisons-father-split-on-kentucky-maryland/

Apparently the Harrionson Twins want to go to UK, but their father wants them to pick Maryland. On top of that, the Twins seem to think it's a big deal to commit first. I don't know why, but whatever. James Young, however, is probably going to decide here shortly, and if he picks UK first, that might be enough for Mr. Harrison to convince his boys to go to Maryland. If that happens, that'd move the needle on Roddy Peters in our favor, making UCLA the next biggest competitor.

UCLA already has Zach Levine and their next biggest target is Rysheed Jordan, a former KU target. Nonetheless, Georgetown is probably the biggest competitor for Peters services being both local and not having yet picked up a PG for the class of 2013. The only other PG on the roster is a senior, so they can offer locality and instant playing time.

Long and short, Peters sounds good, but I don't see it in the cards for this one. There's just too much that needs to go right. I really want to know now if Barber's commit was because of the Louisville situation. I've heard the rumor but haven't seen anything close to concrete on it. If anyone else is in-the-know, please share. Barber had already cut local schools, so I have a hard time believing being close to home was the major factor in his decision, especially given the timing.

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mikehawk 1 year, 7 months ago

I think it would be great for Doc Sadler if he got the TT job. His teams at a primarily football focused school were disciplined, tough, and well coached. He got a great deal from his talent, and you had better come ready to play. From what I can tell he has great character. The difference between Nebraska and TT is that NU really believes it can field a powerhouse basketbal program, and one in football, also. Texas Tech wants a solidly competitive program that can be at least everything he was able to accomplish at Nebraska. I think he would be a great fit there. I promise you, giving a little time under Doc, the annual pilgramage to the outback of west Texas would have the KU faithful on the edge of their sits hoping to get out with a win. The strength of the league from top to bottom, while not noticed, is an important factor in KU recruiting. We need the weak teams in the league to get better. Rising waters float all boats.

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oldalum 1 year, 7 months ago

He'd make more money, but he'd sure work for it. The players seem to be a bunch of losers who make it even more difficult by complaining to their moms when they get pushed a little bit. How long has it been since TT won a decent number of games?

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TexasHawk44 1 year, 7 months ago

Do you people even know what Doc"s role is at KU? Some of these comments are ridiculous. Would you want to coordinate travel schedules for a tenth of the money or coach a Big 12 team? Seriously? Best of luck, Doc!

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Jeff Kilgore 1 year, 7 months ago

I've learned over the past few years to gaze past the recruiting news because it's really a waste of time. We recruit 50, talk to 10, get one or two. That's probably a fairly consistent ratio. Sometimes we get hot and land a few in a row, but spending time reading up on every single "possible commit" just gets old. Sports junkies can have the endless speculation of 18 year old kids with social media, but I'm out. I'll be back when the real season starts. Kilgatron

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bennybob 1 year, 7 months ago

Seems Self wasted no time adjusting his PG targets after the recent misses.

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Jack Wilson 1 year, 7 months ago

Saw the reference to Roddy Peters above.. konkeyDong was on this yesterday.

The article above cites that Maryland is the "heavy favorite." However, the recent articles and information seem to indicate otherwise. The article (presumably) cited at CBS above states that Peters made it clear that there is no favorite:

http://www.cbssports.com/collegebasketball/recruiting/blog/eye-on-college-basketball-recruiting/20268779/fourstar-guard-roddy-peters-adjusts-school-list

Further, this from ESPN yesterday -- Turgeon is "all in" on the Harrison twins (which isn't necessarily new news). But if you're Peters, you don't go where the Harrison twins are going, do you? Here's what was at ESPN:

"Peters is on Rutgers' campus as we speak. On Oct. 6, he’s set to visit UCLA. There are all kinds of moving parts here. Does UCLA still get that visit? What about Maryland? It’s pretty clear the Terps are all-in on the Harrison twins (Andrew and Aaron), and now KU comes in.

Kansas was right to reach out to Peters. The late-developing point guard is the No. 3 available player at his position. Coach Bill Self would like to add another guard to play with Conner Frankamp (Wichita, Kan./North) and be a primary ball handler. Peters is one of the few options Self has in terms of adding a guy who views himself as a setup man and not a scorer or combo guard.

Let’s say Kansas doesn’t land Peters or Jackson. Could it reach out to Stevie Clark (Oklahoma City, Okla./Quest Academy)? Maybe, but his primary strengths mirror Frankamp's. Both are noted long distance shooters. Self loves his guys who can get in the lane and penetrate, thus making Jackson and Peters important to KU's 2013 recruiting efforts."

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REHawk 1 year, 7 months ago

If Doc should toss his cap in the ring for that TT gig, he would do so with full awareness that he is stepping into another football mecca where recruiting would be difficult, and hoops tradition miserable. If he could get 4 years of guaranteed decent money, he probably would be set for life, financially, then could slide back in to an assistant's role. It appears that he got the shaft at Nebraska. At a time when their athletic budget won a huge bonus, they cut him loose from a chance to earn respectable dollars.

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Mike Bratisax 1 year, 7 months ago

What happened to Billy Gillispie? I thought he was the biggest challenge for HCBS and was the 2nd best coach in the Big 12 He made Texas A&M a tough game for KU. Hired by UK then the implosion. I don't get it.

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James Naismith 1 year, 7 months ago

Just like his last gig at Corn U.

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Janet Scott 1 year, 7 months ago

Doc should stay in Lawrence. The TT head basketball job is a revolving door to nowhere, located in a waste land.

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Hurinfan 1 year, 7 months ago

I really like Doc and I wish the best for him and I realize that director of basketball operations is just a stepping stone but I don't want to lose him before our season even begins. Can we really get someone to fill in this quickly on short notice and actually do a decent job. I remember the team always talking about all the stuff Hinson did and it might be a little daunting to someone just a month away from the beginning of basketball season.

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chahawk 1 year, 7 months ago

Curious if coach dooley's name has been mentioned and if not, why not? Obviously he can not only couch, but he can recruit!

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phogphan2000 1 year, 7 months ago

Seems like the Jazz are probably a tough front line to crack Good to see the interest from Roddy Don't know how much any of those guys want to be named "interim" coach at TT, sounds like a great way to pile up some losses on your resume

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timcampbell 1 year, 7 months ago

Yea, first. I'm tired of all of these coaches shuffling around. Doc just needs to stay here and win for a change

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